Story Maps

Esri India Story telling with Map Contest

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What are Story Maps?+

Story Maps are a simple, yet powerful way to inform, engage and inspire people with any story you want to tell that involves maps, geography or location.

Stories are a very important aspect of our society, and storytelling is one of the things that make us uniquely human. Stories convey important knowledge about the world around us, often in a simplified yet dramatic fashion designed for maximum impact. We have much to learn, remember, and understand in life, but wrap a great story around something and it will make an impression on us that lasts a lifetime. - Allen Carroll, Esri

So where do maps fit in the storytelling realm?

Story maps use geography as a means of organizing and presenting information. They tell the story of a place, event, issue, trend, or pattern in a geographic context. They combine interactive maps with other rich content—text, photos, video, and audio—within user experiences that are basic and intuitive.

A Map for every STORY

An inspiring and informative video by Esri

Start here!+

Every day, we know you’re creating insightful, cool story maps. Now is your time to share them to win prizes in our Esri India Storytelling with Maps Contest. Entries will be judged on how effectively they make the subject matter interesting, understandable, and engaging.

View the full judging criteria here[PDF].

Tips & tricks!+

It's pretty easy to create a Story Map. Simply check out our Story Maps apps page, choose the Story Maps app you would like to use, and then follow the step-by-step instructions.

Categories and Submission+
  • Culture/History/Events
  • Conservation/Environment/Sustainability
  • Travel/Destinations/Recreation
  • Science/Technology /Education
  • Sports

All the story maps expect those in Science/Technology/ should be India Specific.

Submit your story map latest by 28th July, 2019. Story maps that are modified after 28th July will be disqualified.


Story maps will be judged on the below parameters:

  • Template used
  • Visual impact
  • Use of multimedia
  • Supporting information
  • Maps/Icons/Pop ups

Esri India will recognize the best three story maps at the upcoming Esri India User Conference. In addition, the winners will get personal use license for free.

If your map could tell a story, what would it say?

Enter our contest for a chance to win prizes and be recognized for your storytelling skills.

How do I enter?

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Discover more and view the Esri India Story Maps gallery